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Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #450 on: December 27, 2021, 07:48:14 AM »
>"Let's check out the bookstore."

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #451 on: December 27, 2021, 06:37:20 PM »
>"Okay!"
>Hanako starts to walk away, before chuckling nervously. "Ah, I'm sorry but I can't join you for now. I have a Florist shop to run, and this box isn't going to empty itself!" She taps the box she brought into the forest. Filled with an eclectic collection of flora.
>"In that case I'll be joining my mo-"
>"Nah, I can handle the store myself this time. Sure there might be more people than usual, if this street crowd is any clue, but you don't need to worry. Join with The Escort for a while, it'll be fun!"
>Ame pauses in shock before acquiescing. "Yes, mother."

>And so your party (sans Hanako) walks through the streets looking for Suzunaan.
>While walking you note the looks you get from some members of the crowd. Some of them stare at you or squint as if they're trying to remember something. The attention doesn't feel crushing or negative but rather... Curious?
>"Huh, looks like I was wrong about people maybe having trouble telling that you're The Onmyouji. At least they aren't swarming you like crazed fans."
>_?

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #452 on: January 02, 2022, 12:49:21 AM »
>"The kimonos might help."

>Are the looks we're getting concentrated on our face or clothes?

>"How did you come to join the patrol?"

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #453 on: January 03, 2022, 01:12:34 AM »
#Happy New Year! Hope you have a good one.
>"The kimonos might help."

>Are the looks we're getting concentrated on our face or clothes?

>"The Kimonos and the Cloak are a giveaway for sure. Though the Cloak looks great, I wonder if Kawa's stepping up her game."
>The looks are mainly focused on your clothes and general silhouette, rather than your face.

>"How did you come to join the patrol?"

>At that question, Ame gives you a look similar to a glare or squint. However unlike the others, she looks directly at your face. After a moment she answers.
>"I can tell you. But this might take a moment."
>"What kind of dramatic backstory could a regular human have?"
>"Worm, remember Kawa?"
>"Fair point."


>Ame starts. "Back when I was young, or at least younger than I am now, it was common for me to be left at school while my mother went into the Forest to search for exotic plants in the morning. At school we're often told that The Forest is a dangerous place, filled with fairies that play deadly pranks on you, man-eating plants, poisonous nettle, and Youkai."
>"This was probably meant to dissuade the children from thinking of wandering into The Forest but it had the opposite effect on me. All I could think of was that my mother was walking into a death-trap regularly and I was doing nothing to help. I became very energetic about wanting to 'fight the evil fairies and youkai', to the point where even Keine had enough and said that if I was really willing then I'd join the Night Patrol."
>Ame chuckles then continues to smile as she reminisces. "As soon as I was a reasonable age I practically stormed the Hieda Household to ask for special permission to join. The Maiden of Miare at the time appreciated my... spirited nature, and instead of punishing me for just barging in, directed me to the proper place for tests and training in Night Patrolling. Honestly, I was probably such a handful back then!"
>"There aren't many willing volunteers at my age, but I sailed through the theory and investigation training then shoved myself into weapons-"
>"We're here!"

>You look towards Apple and see a sign above her. It says Suzunaan.
>"H-huh. I might've gone on for too long, sorry. I can continue later if you find it interesting enough." Ame laughs nervously.
>_?

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #454 on: January 07, 2022, 06:03:04 AM »
#Happy New Year

>"That was really interesting.  Inspirational actually, training to to protect your mother."

>Head inside

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #455 on: January 08, 2022, 10:19:20 PM »
#Happy New Year

>"That was really interesting.  Inspirational actually, training to to protect your mother."

>Ame raises a brow. "Inspirational? Huh, always thought I was acting like a spoiled kid back then. But I can see how the story might have that impression."

>Head inside

>You, Apple, Worm, and Ame all enter Suzunaan, walking through the curtain. Worm's eyes immediately widen, while Ame's start scanning the room.
>The bookstore feels larger on the inside than it looks on the outside. The tables and chairs, most likely for indoor reading and resting, are currently unoccupied. There are a surprisingly daunting number of bookshelves and cases, more than you would expect even for a generational library, and all areas are lit by overhead ceiling lights.

>At the front desk you see two individuals having an animated conversation.
>Sitting at the desk is most likely the shopkeeper of Suzunaan, Kosuzu Motoori. A short, young girl with red eyes, light red hair styled in short twin tails and wearing a white and red checkered kimono with an apron.
>Standing on the other side is a woman with brown eyes and hair styled in twin tails, though longer than Kosuzu's, wearing a purple jacket with a white shirt.

>They haven't noticed you come in yet, their conversation must be really interesting.
>_?

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #456 on: January 15, 2022, 11:38:33 AM »
>Walk up to the chatting ladies.
->Make sure you move into Kosuzu's field of view and wait a few seconds

>If we aren't noticed
->Wait for a pause
-->"Excuse me."

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #457 on: January 15, 2022, 06:16:36 PM »
>Walk up to the chatting ladies.
->Make sure you move into Kosuzu's field of view and wait a few seconds

>You walk up to the ladies. It seems Worm is more interested in the books and moves towards the shelves instead, while Ame sits down within earshot and eyesight. So only Apple joins you.
>As you move into Kosuzu's field of view, you overhear a snippet of the conversation between her and the woman in the purple jacket.
>"... But we already distribute one newspaper branch, I'm not sure I can have another one here."
>"Aww come on. At least read today's copy and consider it, Ms. Motoori." The Twin-tailed woman practically shoves a roll of paper into Kosuzu's hands. You recognize it as a copy of Kakashi Psychic News.
>"O-okay?" Kosuzu says with a worrisome smile.

>If we aren't noticed
->Wait for a pause
-->"Excuse me."

>Both Kosuzu and the Woman turn to you. The woman gives you and Apple a once over before glancing at the paper.
>"A-ah, Sorry! Welcome to Suzunaan! How can I help?"
>_?

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #458 on: January 15, 2022, 06:23:14 PM »
>"No need to apologize.  I was hoping that you might have books on magical swords.  We're researching a sword that uses misfortune."

Re: Minor Existence Quest
« Reply #459 on: January 15, 2022, 09:00:10 PM »
>"No need to apologize.  I was hoping that you might have books on magical swords.  We're researching a sword that uses misfortune."

>Kosuzu makes a pondering face before standing up and answering.
>"We've got nothing on misfortune specifically, but we do have books on well-known weapons believed to have been magical. And books on enchanting objects. Strangely, they're all History and Occult books that fell in from the Outside World. I keep them organised in different sections so they should be easy to find.
You can either look for these books yourself, or I can help you find them. Sorry for not being able to get you exactly what you needed."
>"Huh, weird for the Outside World to have this stuff." Apple notes.
>"They take a sceptical view on it in almost all the books and the arts are obscure there, so the information might be inaccurate, unfortunately."
>_?